I had a chance to experience first hand the work of Miracles in Action (MIA)when I went to Guatemala with the founder of MIA, Penny Rambacher in June 2021. I assisted in 4 workshops that MIA held for health promoters and local women to teach about nutrition for infants and children. The teaching materials MIA has created are excellent. Penny has created a strong team of Guatemalans including Andrea a nutritionist and Jose who handles media for MIA including videos and helping with the website. While with Penny I observed how she networks and supports other NGOs working in Guatemala who have similar missions related to health, education and nutrition. MIA is really making a difference in Guatemala. Once I had this chance to see the work MIA is doing, my husband and I became monthly donors and I highly recommend MIA as a nonprofit that is doing meaningful work to address some of the difficult problems in Guatemala.
Sue Krauter MD (veteran for a number of medical missions in Guatemala so I have a good understanding of the country and the difficult issues Guatemalans face.)
My connection to Miracles in Action goes back to the year 2000 and a chance meeting between my mother and Penny and her mother in Guatemala City. Since then, I've supported Penny and her mission and toured many of the schools she's built. Though our connection started with education, now we share a deep desire to improve nutrition among the poorest of Guatemalans. Penny & her organization have inspired big ideas and help bring them to fruition!
I have work with Miracles in action for the past 6 years and I love to be able to help people in my own country. I couldn't choose a better organization to support and get involved.
I have been involved with miracles in action for over five years and I believe that they are an excellent nonprofit making a real difference in Guatemala.
I have been working with this amazing charity for more than 5 years. Their work is impactful to mothers, families and children in Guatemala, helping them to improve their quality of their live.
Through all the challenges of Covid-19 in Guatemala, Miracles in Action has persisted in educating mothers and health professionals in nutrition as well as supported other NGOs in nutrition and education. I’m proud of the work that Miracles in Action does in the most rural areas of Guatemala.
I live in Guatemala year round and see many non-profits. Miracles n Action caught my heart and respect as it does work in the truly remote areas with some of the neediest people. I've been with Miracles to the mountains of Chiantla where the terrain is barren, the wind brutally cold and the people are wrapped in towels for shawls. They wanted a teacher for Pre School children. A community nearby built their own school...and desks! They wanted a new building. These are people willing to make their lives better and want a hand up, not a handout. Miracles looks for and supports projects that work!
I have worked with Miracles in Action and many other non-profits over the past 25 years, MIA always impresses me. They are so dedicated to their mission and to improving the lives of those they serve in Guatemala. From schools to nutrition, they are the read deal. Their legacy will long out live any of us. They are changing generations to come... all for the better.
An amazing nonprofit organization that has gotten more things accomplished than most even dream of doing. Not only do they build schools, they help other NPOs with nutrition training and more. I've seen them in Action. An amazing organization.
I have known Penny and her organization for over a decade. I have watched her build schools and contribute to preschool programs and distribute filters for water in for a real communities. She has raised personally nearly all of the funds needed for these projects. Guatemala is much better off due to her efforts.
I have collaborated with this organization for over a decade.
The Director and I first met when I was helping her by making little movies, and it ended up that she helped me ever so much more to make our project successful. That collaboration resulted in ongoing support as well as helping us expand through a significant start up of a new aspect of our program, which was not without risk.
She is very thorough she doesn't go into agreements without a lot of thought and then does a lot of follow up to ensure that the investments are used well. She also manages the administrative costs of her own projects very well.
She is devoted to the children of Guatemala, well beyond just getting the projects completed.She even uses her "House of Miracles" home as a center for nonprofits to meet and even to stay overnight.
I've been supporting this organization for 11 years and I am in awe how it gets the aid right to the people in need with out wasting funds. Just amazing work for women and families.
Great organization supporting other worthy nonprofits who are making a tangible impact on the ground in Guateamala
Miracles in Action innovates and delivers solutions for families and children in need!
With over 15 years working in Guatemala, Penny and her team understand Guatemala and its challenges. I love how all their programs always have a vision for sustainability and an educational component. For example, Miracles in Action made recipe books to address the HUGE problem of complementary feeding - 1 in 2 children under two are chronically malnourished. The recipe books use local ingredients that are affordable and accessible to families living below the poverty line. In addition, they are so graphic that moms who can't read will be able to use them, which means that they work for different Mayan populations who speak their own language. That's such a great example of outstanding innovation and empowerment for long-term impact.
With COVID-19, many Guatemalan families' can't feed their kids anymore. So, Miracles in Action immediately worked on how to get thousands of care packages to hungry families. Even more impressively, they created crucial videos of "Dr. Chapin" who responds in simple language to essential questions about COVID-19. These videos are translated into local Mayan languages to inform families who are cut off traditional streams of information. These videos and care packages gave thousands of families the information they need to protect themselves and their families and essentials food to survive the peak of this crisis.
And this is just a small example of what they manage to do in no time on top of all their other long-term projects. I love their willingness always to innovate and truly consider what is best for the people. I've been living in Guatemala for over three years now and was seeing a lot of the work that Miracles in Action do first hand. If you would like to make an impact, I strongly recommend this charity to do it.
I have worked as a volunteer with Miracles in Action for over 10 years. We work to improve education, nutrition and create jobs. It is a first class non-profit that makes a difference in our world
Over a decade ago I attended a lecture at The Norris Center in Naples, Florida. Our speaker, Penny Rambacher, opened our heads and hearts to the dedicated work that she is doing in Guatemala.The stories of the women and children in need inspired me to immediately offer my help.
I work at the markets here in Naples where we sell our beautiful beaded jewelry and woven products.
Led by our talented founder, Penny, we are a team of passionate volunteers dedicated to Miracles In Action.
Our work continues to improve the lives of the people of Guatemala!
I have been involved with this Charity since it began and have seen the impact it has made on thousands of lives in Guatemala. Schools have been built. Clean water has been made available in many villages. Stoves have been installed in homes replacing the smoky fire pits used previously. Better nutrition has been taught and implemented. COVID-19 aid has been donated. Cottage industry by women making beaded jewelry is supported. And every $$ donated goes to support the people in Guatemala. Truly a worthy Charity.
Great cause, inspiring leadership and a meaningful impact make Miracles in Action one of our favorite non-profits to support. We feel connected to the good being done by this organization and admire how each dollar is put to work!
After making donations to Miracles In Action over the course of several years, we were able to visit Guatemala to see some of the excellent efforts and successes of the organization. As a former Peace Corps volunteer in Central America for two+ years, I had lived in Guatemala for three years, speak Spanish, and understand the culture reasonably well.
Was especially impressed by the efficiency and effectiveness of the programs. For example, their efforts to provide inexpensive water treatment filters to so many homes is crucial. Water quality in the region is poor, but directly tied to infant mortality, chronic illnesses (from parasites bacteria etc.), and the quality of life of women and girls. With the filters Miracles in Action has provided to families they are sick less, children attend school more, and (women and girls) can spend less time just trying to find clean water every single day of their lives. This is a simple, yet huge improvement to their lives -- and it's only one example of the agency's programs.
MIA is an extraordinary charity that has a direct impact on improving the lives of so many families in Guatemala. I have witnessed first hand the powerful impact of MIA’s efforts in making life better for those in great need.
Ive helped MIA for years, most recently with bead sales at art festivals. All the funds go to essential projects focusing on education and nutrition.
5 star all the way!
Ive been supporting MIA since day one! Schools, nutrition, sustainable projects are some of the focus. Money well spent.
Keep up the good work!
Love that this organization helps people help themselves. They are affiliated with other organizations to find the best way to make use of the money they get. Concerned and caring staff.
Miracles in Action is changing lives for the poorest of the poor in Guatemala. Dedicated to the belief that education is the best way out of poverty, Miracles has built 57 schools. Miracles has continued it support in sustainable ways through women's economic empowerment and nutrition projects. 15 years of continuous miracles! So happy to be a part of this extraordinary organization.
As the Mother of 4 children who were adopted form Guatemala, I was so happy to find Penny and Miracles in Action. I love being able to give back to my children’s birth country in a way that I know is actually reaching the people who need it most!
Building schools, helping children and communities. Such a great organization!
I love that this organization began with one person. One person that was not only willing to SEE extreme poverty while on vacation, but one person that DID SOMETHING about what they saw.
It is amazing what a difference one person can make. So many schools! So many lives touched.
Thank you Penny and your amazing Mom, for starting this remarkable organization.
Miracles in Action is a remarkable nonprofit that donates 100% of all donations to very carefully selected, outstanding nonprofits located in rural areas of Guatemala. They are very well run and impactful. Join them now!
Amazing people who care about the communities that they help! One of the best experiences in my life was opening a school with Miracles in Action!
I think the best way to know this charity is to watch a video on how it came about. A mother and daughter who could not look away when they experienced Extreme Poverty (defined as when every day is a struggle just to be alive. No water, food or shelter.) This is a poverty that does not exist in the US or any developed country. We have safety nets to prevent this level of poverty - food stamps, soup kitchens, neighbors and churches that are able to help poor people in the US. In Guatemala there are no safety nets, and people die, or try to come to the US to get work, earn a living and send their money back home to help their family.
As Founder and a dedicated volunteer Director, there are several achievements that I am proud to tell you. We are an all volunteer non-profit oganization, where 100% of the donations go directly to projects, none to salaries and overhead. I office at home and keep expenses low. Any operational expenses are covered by the income we make in selling handicrafts made in Guatemala in the Mayan women's cottage industry. Selling handicrafts is the #1 fun, easy, and profitable activity that our volunteers enjoy. Not only does it raise funds for "Miracles", but it provides an income to the women making these beautiful things. Additionally, we apply the extra money made in sales to stoves, school supplies and other projects to help the women artisans - going beyond fair trade. Another achievement that I am proud to share is that in 6 years we funded the construction of 29 rural primary schools in the mountains of Guatemala, the installation of over 1600 safe vented stoves, 20 water systems, and 100s of water purifiers - all projects meeting our mission of helping poor families to help themselves.
What a beautiful organization that not only offers aid to the needs of the impoverished, but actually walks along side of them to enable and equip them which can transform their very lives. So proud to donate to their work and vision! Linda and Bill Merrick
I traveled to Guatemala for the dedication of a special needs school sponsored by Miracles In Action in June 2019. Seeing the children and families who would benefit from the school and getting to talk with them was incredible and impactful. It was very rewarding and reaffirming to see the results of our donations!
Miracles in Action started with a dream that all kids in Guatemala would have the basics--a school to learn from and the right food to eat. Miracles has built nearly 60 schools in Guatemala, distributed thousands of water filters, farm animals and packets of school supplies, and helped Mayan artisans create products that Miracles in Action buys at fair trade prices and sells in the US. But given Miracles in Action's dream, the work hasn't stopped there. They have also found some of the highest impact startup projects on nutrition in Guatemala and supported them. From healthy snacks being sold in stores, materials to support the use of native plants like Chaya, to supporting producing and selling more nutritious corn seeds (super corn), Miracles in Action has been at the forefront of making a major difference in Guatemala.
This is a truly outstanding nonprofit that has funded the construction of 57 rural schools in Guatemala! They also support vocational schools leading to jobs, and preschool education, and buy handicrafts made in the local cottage industry so women can earn an income from home while taking care of their families. Miracles In Action is a nonprofit that is effective and creates a long-lasting impact in communities across Guatemala - keep up the good work!!!
Excellent charity that we have had the privilege of working and traveling to Guatemala with. Hard working, ethical members who truly want to help the Mayan people.
We have encouraged, donated to and volunteered with this charity over the years. They are doing great work in Guatemala and I can highly recommend supporting their cause.
A most impressive nonprofit that embodies the spirit of teaching a person how to fish instead of giving them a fish. In addition, 100% of all donations go to the cause because all administrative costs are funded through the sale of products made by indigenous people.
A small foundation having a high impact on education, health and the advacement of women in poor indigenous Guatemalan communities.
My wife and I have known and supported Penny Rambacher and Miracles in Action (MIA) as volunteers and supporters since its inception. Penny is an exceptionally dedicated worker for and supporter of the indigenous people of Guatemala. MIA does an extraordinary job of providing a “hand up” as opposed to “hand outs.” The Guatemalans touched by MIA include the women who are provided with the materials and training to do beading which is marketed in the United States with all profits returned to the women, many of whom are supporting their families; the children in remote villages who have the opportunity for continuing education thanks to the over 50 schools funded and built by MIA; the reintroduction of native plants to local diets through planting and education; nutrition education; and on the ground work with other NGOs in support of Guatemalan indigenous needs.
Bought some beautiful crafts from the Marco Island Farmer's Market I was greeted by friendly, enthusiastic volunteers and was well informed about the organization. The merchandise was so well made and the details were incredible. I was more than happy to support such an amazing cause.
I love that Miracles in Action sees the value in and focuses on education! Such a wonderful organization.
There couldn't be a better name for this organization. I had the opportunity to work with them as a volunteer. I was deeply inspired by the work they do for poverty stricken families in Guatemala. The founder, Penny Rambacher has a special gift. Her energy, knowledge and inspiration to help others less fortunate is overwhelming. The organization sells handicrafts made by the artisans in Guatemala and the profits fund many projects there. They have built more than 54 schools . They have programs to educate these people to help themselves have a better way of life. Solar lights, stoves and water filters are supplied to these families. Agriculture programs are put in place. They create classes for women to learn about birth control, and having respect for themselves. I had a wonderful opportunity to visit Guatemala and travel to a remote village for a school opening. It was truly an eye opening experience. Gracious people, beautiful children who are so thrilled to have visitors. We brought them each a book and a knapsack. They were so gracious with big smiles and pointed at my camera and said photo. It made me think of many children who have so much but want more. It touched my heart. What a wonderful experience I was able to have and will never forget. I still help Miracles when I am able to. Giving back is something everyone should experience. Thank you Penny you have truly been my inspiration. Marcia McCarthy
By chance I came across Miracles in Action at an event in Naples. They were selling beautiful crafts handmade by the Mayan women in Guatemala. I purchased some beautiful jewelry and was then introduced to the founder of miracles. She began to tell me the story behind her organization and how it started. It deeply touched me as my eyes filled with tears. A few weeks later I called her and became a volunteer. The difference Miracles in Action has made to the families in Guatemala is certainly a miracle but as you know people make miracles. I have been working with a wonderful group of people with big hearts whose mission is miracles and they have certainly made many happen Share their story at miraclesinaction.org. Any purchase will help a family and child in need. Marcia
I love that Miracles in Action allows it's donors to chose exactly where their money is going. I was able to give the gift of a women's hygiene kit which was filled with items that as a woman, I take for granted on a daily basis.
I've had an amazing experience with Miracles In Action and have seen the real impact it has had in Guatemala helping communities in much need of education, nutrition, and other support. These families are soo grateful and I don't know what they would do without Miracles in Action!
Watching this organization give to these women warms my heart! So proud to be a contributor and look forward to helping where I can!
As a former Peace Corps Volunteer and a holder of an International Studies degree, I can attest the development work Miracles In Action does alongside various reputable partner charities both in-country and within the states is remarkable. Rather than focusing on handouts, Miracles In Action does an incredible job with sustainable development, giving those in need the opportunity to help themselves.
Lucky me-- I had the opportunity to tour multiple MIA projects in Guatemala in spring of 2018, and to see first hand the positive impact that MIA has on improving the lives of people there. Most encouraging: MIA's work is allowing Guatemalans to be able to have dreams and aspirations that were not previously realistic or attainable. I witnessed people both dreaming and achieving their dreams. The need in Guatemala is high, and MIA's impact is dramatic.
I became aquainted with Miracles In Action through a mutual friend of the founder, Penny Rambacher. Having done service trips myself to Central America, I was really excited about the extensive work which she continues to do in Guatemala to improve lives. Again, seeing the founder speak at a gathering, I inquired and shortly thereafter began volunteering at local farmers markets in the Naples area and at events. I found a special ease among the founder and other volunteers at these gatherings in that we all had a common purpose, giving our efforts to allow others opportunities to escape extreme poverty.
This was one of the most inspiring experiences of my recent visit to SW Florida. Keri' s extensive knowledge of all things BIRD & her obvious understanding & empathy for the magnificent parrots that she has rescued and provides a home for moved me in so many ways.
Truly performs Miracles in the lives of Guatemalans living in extreme poverty. They teach people to help themselves through sustainable projects that center on education, nutrition, skills and creating jobs. This charity runs from the heart of everyday people that dedicate their time to make a difference.
I had the pleasure of meeting the founder and a board member of Miracles in Action on a trip to Guatemala last year. Both were so compassionate about their work. It was inspiring. I was extremely impressed with both of their knowledge about the areas of their work, along with the projects they are working on. I really enjoyed being a part of their conversations about the work they were doing with their artisans.
-Lisa Krigsman, Associate Director, Limitless Horizons Ixil
For many years Penny, and Miracles in Action, have been wonderful supporters of Limitless Horizons Ixil. The support we have received for our Saber Sin Limites (Limitless Knowledge) Community Library has opened the door to 100’s of community members since 2010. MIA has done such great things supporting improvements in areas of health, education, and agriculture. We are honored to have them as partners.
-Katie Morrow, Executive Director, Limitless Horizons Ixil
This is an amazing charity. Where else can every cent you donate go to whatever project you pick? Where else can you go see the school you sponsored open? Where else can you see the homes you sponsored a stove or pure water? I love Miracles in Action.
Penny has dedicated her life to provide supplies and education to poor remote starving villages. She's taught them skills to not only survive but to empower them to be self sufficient. Penny is our contemporary Mother Teresa, she is the Saint of Guatemala.
I have witnessed first hand since 2005 and repetivly up to last month the hard and diligent work that Miracles in Action continues. Miracles in Action is smoothly and passionately managed by founder Penny Rambacher. She shares her joy generously and inspires many many others.
I have worked with Penny and MIA for about 10 years and marvel everyday about this charity. It is run by a terrific founder and dedicated volunteers . This charity is blessed with putting the welfare of the Guatemalan people first. I have worked mainly with selling jewelry and have also traveled to Guatemala to see and experience the benefits of MIA . Marlys
I have been volunteering for MIA for many years and can honestly say it's one of the best nonprofits around. It continues to grow its Ideas for the Guatemalan people by implementing new and diverse projects every year. Schools are continuing to be built with an agricultural training center/school to be completed soon. The Founder, Penny is a devoted, skilled , faithful committed leader who works tirelessly and has a contagious personality.
I've had the pleasure of working with this excellent organization since it's inception. Often donors wonder about the true impact of their contribution. Not so with Miracles in Action where 100 percent of your donation goes directly to the cause. Overhead expenses are covered through special donations and handicraft sales. This is a rare, but highly effective business model. This charity creates substantive change in the communities it serves and I've been fortunate to see that firsthand. In an area faced with crushing poverty and limited opportunities, Miracles in Action is truly a blessing.
As professor, dean, and president of various colleges, I have worked with a huge number of foundations over the last fifty years. Miracles in Action is as impressive as any foundation with which I have ever worked. The founder and director, Penny Rambacher, is not only deeply committed to the highest ideals that define Miracles in Action; she is also an inspired and prodigiously accomplished leader and administrator.
I learned about the foundation when a young Guatemalan immigrant whom I was tutoring in English shared with me his dream of returning to his small Mayan village in order to significantly improve the life of the people in his very impoverished village. He wanted to start an educational community center that would, among other things, provide classroom space for his village's pre-school program, which currently must meet outdoors because there is no available classroom space, and he also wanted to upgrade the basic facilities at his village's tiny and poorly equipped schoolhouse. Since I now live in southwest Florida I did some research and discovered that in nearby Naples there is a foundation called Miracles in Action, whose mission is to help the impoverished people of Guatemala, especially with educational projects. Immediately after I contacted the foundation, the director Penny responded enthusiastically and agreed to meet with me and this young Guatemalan man I have been tutoring. Penny has handled every aspect of our cooperative work with professionalism, intelligence, promptness, and the kind of humane personal concern that marks only the very best directors of foundations. Our work together is progressing and there is now a real possibility that Miracles in Action can make this young man's dream a reality by building an addition onto the school in his village.
The first thing Penny did was to dispatch an expert in Guatemala to visit this young man's village and meet with the community and educational leaders to do a site assessment. At every step along the way I have been impressed by the thoroughness and promptness of the way MIA does business and especially by the rare and invaluable caring touch that they bring to their work. This is a first rate foundation in every way, and the work they have already done has had a huge positive impact on the daily lives of thousands of needy Guatemalans.
Miracles in Action is the "perfect non-profit" from a donor perspective. Further proof -- donors become volunteers because of the power of the story. Year after year Miracles in Action grows and expands to better define and create workable solutions for the endemic educational and health challenges poverty brings to the people of Guatemala. Founder Penny Rambacher has dedicated her life - drawing on extensive business and personal expertise - combining heart and strategic skills. The people of Guatemala are getting a hands up, not a hand-out thru the Miracles in Action programs to build schools, support nutrition and farming training, and give women the chance to earn money to support their families thru fair trade handicrafts. The later provides the resources for Miracles in Action administrative costs, allowing all donations to go to another school or training program.
I became acquainted with Penny Rambacher and Miracles in Action through Bosom Buddies in Naples FL. To help myself through breast cancer and help others, I knit dozens of warm hats for the children. It was a very rewarding experience to receive photos of them wearing my hats. Unfortunately my hands have given up on me. Nevertheless I follow them and revel in the outstanding success of this organization. What is so notable is that when you give, you see the fruits of your effort immediately in the lives of these wonderful people who are so appreciative. I cannot say enough about the organization and the people behind it for the Miracles they perform. This little girl is wearing one of my hats. What a darling.
Penny's work has brought hope to so many families in Guatemala. From providing schools to clean water, from cottage industries of sewing and beadwork -- the impact will be a positive unstoppable force!
Our family contributed funds to build a school for a community and we could not be happier with Penny and Miracles in Action. A grass roots charity that performs miracles, truly outstanding!
Miracles in Action and its founder Penny Rambacher are helping those living in extreme poverty to help themselves through a hand up not a hand out. When we help those help themselves solve for very basic needs like safe water, education, and nutrition, we all can thrive. Families will then stay together, they will uplift their neighbors, their village, and their country.
With thousands of Guatemalan immigrants coming to the US to escape extreme poverty, Miracles is giving a hand up versus a hand out. I have been volunteering for Miracles in Action for 10 years watching the founder, Penny Rambacher, fund and build 50+ schools, water filtration systems, safe stoves,implement nutrition programs, and provide the extreme poor an opportunity to receive fair wages for their handicrafts. Teaching the people of Guatemala to help themselves is the ultimate gift.
Miracles in action is an amazing organization that really focuses on empowering people to change their lives! Super dedicated organization that is making a huge difference in the lives of indigenous Guatemalans. I'm impressed by their hard work and the transparency of the organizations that they partner with. Every dollar is stretched as far as it can go!
Penny made a presentation at my church and I was impressed by her story and the work she's accomplished in Guatemala. Miracles in Action has greatly improved the lives of the many people it has touched.
Miracles in Action does a tremendous job not only supporting the Mayan people and culture of Guatemala, but also educating other people around the globe on the needs of these beautiful and friendly people. My life has developed greater fulfillment thanks to Penny Rambacker and Miracles in Action.
For many years, first as a volunteer and now as a Board member, I have experienced Miracles in Action doing just that...making miracles of change in some of the most impoverished areas of Guatemala. Working closely with quality grassroots organizations, MIA is committed to creating self sustaining projects that educate and empower the local population. Whether helping to build schools, provide job training , promote fair trade ,clean water and healthy nutrition , MIA is having a significant and lasting impact on alleviating poverty and improving the lives of the indigenous of Guatemala.
My charity organization has partnered with Miracles in Action numerous times over 5 years. They have been integral in helping our chosen indigenous village in a remote mountainous area of Guatemala. They have stepped up quickly, generously and with great passion and critical follow up. They have made it possible to provide a school, a retaining wall to protect the school, vented stoves, clean filtered water buckets, scholarships and much more.
I volunteer now for this organization in order to raise funds for their incredible projects. I admire their philosophy to provide a hand up, not a hand out.
Have volunteered for years. The work they do is more amazing each year!
I love that this charity helps women to earn income from their homes by buying their beaded jewelry at fair prices, and then sells it online, at gift shops (like the Naples Botanical Garden, Naples Zoo, Island Vision, Dallas Aquarium...) and at farmers markets. Women love to help other women by buying their handiwork. The things are so beautiful they are easy to sell, and volunteers are the sales reps. Then, they go beyond this and give the artisans water filters, school supplies for their kids, and assistance to improve their lives.
Wonderful mission! awesome people! Beautiful kids!!